Friday, June 26, 2015

Five on Friday

Hi everyone, I hope you all have had an enjoyable and creative summer week!  Today's post for Amy's Five on Friday is all about projects I would love to learn how to make (thank you Pinterest)! If you are not familiar with Five on Friday hop on over to Amy's blog Love Made My Home to check it out and even better play along!

So, without further ado...

A handwoven piece of serenity!  Don't you just love those colors?!

Handwoven tapestry with some unique texture...

Weaving tapestries in the round...

Creating cute objects out of papier mache and paper clay... Isn't this sheep just the cutest?!

And, last but not least... how to make my own purses. Okay, I probably wouldn't have that big "3" on it, probably more like a "B" or some such but isn't this bag rather cool?!

Short and sweet this week so you can get on to visit the other blogs! :D

Friday, June 19, 2015

Five on Friday

Hi all!  I hope you have had an enjoyable week with at least some patches of nice weather?!  It jumps from cool and rainy to warm and humid here and right now I actually have on the air conditioner because the humidity is so miserable, YUCK.

Anyway, this week for Amy's Five on Friday will again be filled with garden adventures such as they are.  I promise I will get more diverse so you all don't get bored to death with flowers, mulch and stone pathways! :D

I seriously need to get back out in the garden to finish the mulching and laying down the path stones. I also need to stake up the plant that I said I didn't know what it was, the one with the pretty purple flowers (one of my lovely readers solved the mystery - the plants are comfrey!)  It grows so tall that it has a tendency to flop over so that is on my "to-do" list for this weekend. However, I am digressing... for this week my five are:

1. Roses are beginning to bud and ready themselves for a season of blooming. Just fed them for this month so they should be happy and ready to burst forth.
2. Front walkway is finished - almost!
3. Sebastian is settling in to his new home seemingly quite nicely, except for the meowing to go outside, which is a BIG NO!!!
4. Spinning wheel is awaiting a new drive band and I am dreaming of a high speed flyer and bobbins for my lace weight spinning
5. Okay, and a nod to summer just wouldn't be the same without the help of Susan Branch

No. 1

just look at all of those buds!  At the beginning of spring I was almost sure that this past winter had claimed this intoxicating scented yellow rose.  I am over joyed to see one entire side of the rose has made it and giving forth all these buds!

first cabbage roe of the season.  I do hope this little low growing rose does some spreading this season as well as give it's glorious show of flowers all summer long!  If you have never had a cabbage rose you might want to investigate them for your garden.  Low growing spreader with gorgeous flowers ALL summer and heavenly scents

This is my New Dawn rose which for a while I thought was not going to make it.  As you can see this year, year 3, it is finally making a go of it.  Now to decide how I want it to climb.

No. 2

I finally added the pathway stones to the front walkway but I'm not liking the way the blend in with the side walkway.  I may add granite bricks along the perimeter on either side of those smaller pathway stones just so it is defined a little more.

Just another angle of the side pathway and the front door walkway.  You can see what I mean I think that they blend a little too much together.  Those larger path stones with the pattern will have potted plants on the 1st and the last one leaving the middle one open so you can clearly walk from the side to the front door without having to skirt a plant.

No. 2.5

Mulching that remains to do in the porch side garden bed.  The small skinny arrows on the left denote where I stopped mulching and the fat arrows demarcate the outer edge of the bed... all the way from that outer border to the edge of the porch is what's left to mulch.  Hmmm, with only 3 bags of mulch left I think another trip to Home Depot is going to be in order!!! 

No. 3

Sebastian being woken from a nap in the infamous basket that sits right behind my laptop and right by a nice bright window in my studio.  As you can see he has that totally sleepy "what's going on" look on his face... p.s.  I used my flash to make matters worse!  He is such a little trooper!

No. 4

My dreams of getting a Louet high speed flyer and several high speed bobbins for my Irish tension Louet s15 so I can more easily attain the lace weight yarn my fingers seem to naturally spin

No. 5

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To The Vet and Back

Meeting Dudley Sebastian (name change because for some unknown mysterious reason I kept calling him Sebastian!  Even more strange, he appears to either like the name or it was his name prior to coming to us!!!)  Your guess is as good as mine but either way, from here on out he shall be known as Sebastian!!!

It has been a rather stressful 48+ hours.  On Sunday the decision was made that Savannah had to go back to the shelter because we just couldn't control her aggressive behavior.  So, almost 4 months to the day I drove with a friend to return Savannah.  I felt horrible!!!  Although I had made some progress with Savannah DH had not.  Random severe attacks on his arms and legs led to the final decision.  She had to go...

At the shelter I surrendered Savannah at the reception desk.  Having made arrangements the day before that I would be looking for another kitty the fee was generously waived for the new to be kitty.

I had one kitty in mind but I looked around a little bit at the behest of my girlfriend, after first of course meeting my first choice, at which point I instantly knew this was going to be the one.

Ken has since been renamed Dudley Sebastian after Cary Grant's character of the angel named Dudley in the film "The Bishop's Wife."  Dudley Sebastian is a strapping 5 year old boy with sleek black fur aside from the 10 little white hairs on his chest and weighs a hefty 11.6 lbs... ALL muscle! Prior to our meeting he had a mishap with his tail, which was broken about 1/3rd away from the tip, and was never taken care of so he has a kink in his tail.  The kink just gives him even more character for this little boy is a complete love bug through and through.

Kitty face proving initially elusive...

Still elusive as we check out some of Mom's yarn...

Ahh, finally!  Look at that sweet face!  
Dudley's Sebastian's first portrait!

Ah but the excitement has yet to begin.  At approximately the 24 hour mark of being Dudley's Sebastian's new Mom suddenly discovers that the kitty litter is not to his liking and he seems to not have used his box yet!  I rush out to the closest store about 10 minutes down the road and grab a bag of clay kitty litter and charge back home.  His litter box is actually a circle but that's for another time.  Anyway, his litter box that is a circle is kept in our spare bathroom just outside my studio.  

Dudley Sebastian actually stood on top of the toilet seat and watched me open and pour the new litter on top of the other "strange" litter.  No sooner than I moved the bag out of the way he jumped into the box that is a circle... and... nothing.  He couldn't go!  

Phone call and trip to vet immediately following discovery and about an hour later I return home... with no kitty.  It seems Dudley Sebastian had a blockage and was expected to have to stay at the vets for a day or possibly two!  Anesthesia and catheters were involved and it wasn't sounding like a warm fuzzy experience for either of us but of course more so for him.  Here Dudley Sebastian barely knew what his new Mom looked like and he was already in hospital!!!

Today (Tuesday) around 2:30, just about 24 hours since the incidence the vet gave a cautious all clear for him to come home with an antibiotic, a muscle relaxer and a pricey bill of $400.00.  Oh joy, my new to me kitty is now going to experience his new Mom giving him medicines that taste like who knows what but we can bet not to his liking. *sigh*  

Calling DH that he HAS to leave work NOW and go pick up our new kitty I skirt the small detail of the bill.  Luckily my vet felt bad as well and set up a payment plan so at least I didn't have to also deal with an irate DH!!!  Finally, about 3:30 DH and Dudley Sebastian arrived back home and Dudley Sebastian had to start all over again scouting out his new home.  He sniffed everything, of course after first making a cursory stop in the litter box that is a circle.  So far so good but constant checks of the litter box that is a circle is an ongoing new "to do" of mine. (n.b. DH was having a crumby day at work so leaving earlier than expected was not an irritation, lol!)

P.S. Dudley Sebastian took his medicine like a champ with not a smidgen of fighting although he did gag a little with the first medicine.  I suspect it is the worst tasting of the two medicines.  At least he only takes that one once every 24 hours and only for 5 days.  The antibiotic is once every 12 hours for 9 days!  It is also pink, which doesn't look very dignified when some gets 
squirted down the side of the face of a black kitty... be continued

Friday, June 12, 2015

Five on Friday

WARNING: long post heavy with photos

Well, can you believe it?  I am actually getting my post up for Amy's Five on Friday meme, on Friday! :D  Okay, it isn't the beginning of the day but afternoon isn't so bad.  Is it?  (Don't know about Five on Friday?  Pop over to Amy's blog "Love made my home" to find out all about it)

This week my five is all about fibery sheepy goodness and some of the accouterments that accompany such fibery interests.  Some of you may be aware that I was involved in a huge barter with someone out in Utah... all of my paper arts tools and supplies for her spinning wheel and fiber. A couple of days ago my package arrived and I have been busy sprucing up Miss Lucy, that's my new to me spinning wheel's name.  Yes, of course I name my looms and my spinning wheels! Don't you?

My five this week are:
1. my bartered for spinning wheel
2. my bartered for fibery goodness
3. a few more projects in various stages of completion... I know, I am truly hopeless!
4. my new tapestry loom
5. fiber studio unveiling after latest clear out of everything almost everything not related to spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting

No. 1
This is my new to me Louet s15 single treadle spinning wheel after being sanded over her rough spots, given a lavish bath with wood soap, stained in a dark oak finish and finally sparkled up with a nice wax coating.  
Her name is Miss Lucy and I just love her simplicity!

No. 2
Several bags of wonderful fiber that I have been busy combing this week

Some sinfully soft angora bunny fur that still needs to be combed.  I will most likely blend this in with other fiber to spin with

This is some luxurious mohair that I am still combing out.  It will most likely be blended with another fiber as well

No. 3
Here we have one of my projects that was started last summer, I know, I know... It is a pattern for a shawl from Sandra over at Cherry Heart and is really adorable.  You should check it out, it is super cute and very easy if you know how to crochet. Plus it is joined as you go so no crazy making connecting everything once all the stars are made!

This is a take on the African Flower pattern but using a unique color scheme.  Somehow I managed to have the exact colors in my stash!  How often does that happen? LOL!  And no, this one is in a stage of even less completion than the prior one... I told you I am hopeless.  It's like being a butterfly in a field full of all your favorite flowers!

No. 4
Bullfrog, my new tapestry loom (more about her later)

No. 5 of this week's Five on Friday

Now for a viewing of my new studio all decked out for weaving and spinning but first for those of you who might not have ever seen photos of my studio prior to this most recent revamping - a couple of "before" photos....

Photo 1 Before...oh and that is not Savannah but rather 
my beloved Raphael who parted from this life on February 13, 2015

Photo 2 Before

Photo 3 Before

Now for the After photos. (The studio really isn't quite finished yet.  I plan on making skirts to go around both desk tops as well as a draped curtain for the closet that I removed the doors from as well as valances for the windows.  I just haven't made up my mind on the fabrics I want to use yet)

After photo 1 (yes, that is Savannah)

After photo 2

This is the view as you walk into the studio. The print on the left of the lighthouse being hit with that huge wave is the first present my husband ever gave me!  The print on the wall straight back is not yet in a frame... it is so big that I know it's going to cost a small fortune so for now it is just tacked (no the tacks are NOT going through the paper of the print) along all of the edges.  It is a lady sitting on her couch in her Paris apartment with her little black kitty at her feet with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance.  I have wanted this print for more years than I can remember and finally I said to heck with it I'm getting it now even if I don't have the money for the frame...  it's called "La Vie en Rose" by Didier Lourenco.

After photo 3

This is my desk on the opposite wall or the one on the right as you enter the studio.  All of my beads, knitting needles, ball winder, skein winder and quilting cutting and pressing boards live over here

After photo 4

My quilting ruler collection, ironing board live over in this corner. The cabinet contains all of my
spool yarns, and that long cabinet with the sheepskin over it is an antique bookcase that lost its shelves many moons ago so I turned it on its side and voile bookcase and seat for working on a tapestry.  At the end on the right you can see my e-spinning wheel that I am still working on becoming friends with.  Underneath the table's edge you can just make out my 16" Ashford rigid heddle loom, named her Ophelia.


After photo 5

This is my new tapestry loom from Lost Pond Looms.  It is the Bullfrog edition and is 24" wide with the capability of going from 24" to 38" tall.  I still have to stain and wax her and I haven't given her another name since she came with her own, Bullfrog.  I'm really itching to work with a tapestry loom but I have some technical stuff to understand before I get started, like how to warp the loom for starters! LOL!

After photo 6

On this end of the desk you can see all of my knitting needles, crochet hooks, ball winder and swift and to the left back is the closet with no doors.  That is my Brother sewing machine sitting on top of the cube storage unit in the closet.  Below the desk on the left you can see the case of one of my antique Singer hand crank sewing machines.  I have two more around the room but I don't think any of the other photos show them.  It is amazing that things over 100 years old still work perfectly, actually in some ways I love the way they sew far better than the new machines that are out there today.  Okay, maybe except for a long-arm machine, which in no uncertain circumstance can I afford... way off the radar screen for me! LOL!

After photo 7

Here is my lovely Rebecca, my Ashford 32" rigid heddle loom.  I know, I seem to have quite a few looms; some of them are not even in my studio yet! Eeek! (P.S. that seat with the white sheepskin on it is one of Savannah's favorite napping places, after her basket on my desk that is)! Oh, and that basket to the left of the seat is a crocheted rug I have been working on.  I ran out of fabric and haven't gotten back to it since I purchased more fabric... another "to-do list item"

After photo 8

Here is my rectangle loom, Laura.  Currently, she has the beginnings of a silk shawl being woven from silk sari fabric purchased on Ebay that I am tearing into strips.  Much less expensive to purchase vintage sari from India than to purchase those bundles of sari silk strips you see everywhere these days, plus the silk is in much better condition.  Some of those pre-torn strip bundles have silk that is in poor condition and lacks the strength to be woven with.  Found this one out the hard way.  Some of those purple strips came from such bundles and shredded and tore as soon as pressure was put on them.  I have quite a few repairs that are going to have to be made to this shawl.  Luckily this is an experiment shawl so flaws are more or less acceptable.

After photo 9

And we have come full circle.  Ironically, this desk was intended to be my small loom desk where I worked on cuff bracelets (you can just barely see my cuff bracelet loom through the bottom left hand corner of my rectangle loom there on the end of my desk) and on scarves and such on my Ashford 16" loom.  Some how it has become my computer desk and Savannah's napping desk - as you might recall from the first "After" photo, her basket is right behind my laptop.

Hope you have enjoyed the little tour of my new studio and thanks for popping by for this week's installment of Five on Friday.